Sunday, May 19, 2013

At MC3, Waste is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Blogger's Note: This just in from Alana Mauger, over at MC3:

Montgomery County Community College (MCCC), with campuses in Blue Bell and Pottstown, finished the national 2013 RecycleMania competition with some promising numbers.

MCCC placed second among all higher education institutions in Pennsylvania in the competition’s Waste Minimization category, collecting 15.292 pounds of combined trash and recycling per capita.

Nationally, MCCC ranked 17th in Waste Minimization among public two-year colleges and 25th overall.

In the Per Capita Classic category, MCCC finished 12th among public two-year institutions nationally, with 4.252 pounds of recycling per capita. This positioned the College as 20th in Pennsylvania and 303rd overall.

In the Grand Champion category, MCCC scored a 27.803 percent cumulative recycling rate, positioning it ninth in Pennsylvania, 17th among public two-year institutions, and 143rd overall.

MCCC collected a cumulative 34,132 pounds of recycling, ranking it 14th among public two-year institutions nationally, 18th in Pennsylvania, and 271st overall in the Gorilla Prize category

RecycleMania is an eight-week nationwide competition, held Feb. 3 through March 30, during which colleges and universities competed to see who could reduce, reuse and recycle the most campus waste. MCCC has participated for six consecutive years.

According to the U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM), MCCC’s recycling efforts during the competition resulted in a greenhouse gas reduction of 48 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2E), which is translates to the energy consumption of four households or the emissions of nine cars.

MCCC was among the first institutions in the country to sign American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007. 

The College’s sustainability efforts are led by a team of faculty, students, administrators, support staff, alumni and community members that comprise the President’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council.

To learn more about MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative, visit its “Think Green” blog at

To learn more about RecycleMania or to view the full list of results, visit

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